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History[ edit ] The oldest constitutional monarchy dating back to ancient times was that of the Hittites. They were an ancient Anatolian people that lived during the Bronze Age whose king or queen had to share their authority with an assembly, called the Pankuwhich was the equivalent to a modern-day deliberative assembly or a legislature.
Members of the Panku came from scattered noble families who worked as representatives of their subjects in an adjutant or subaltern federal-type landscape. Constitutional and absolute monarchy[ edit ] England and the United Kingdom[ edit ] In the Kingdom of Englandthe Glorious Revolution of led to a constitutional monarchy restricted by laws such as the Bill of Rights and the Act of Settlementalthough limits on the power of the monarch "a limited monarchy" are much older than that see Magna Carta.
At the same time, in Scotlandthe Convention of Estates enacted the Claim of Right Actwhich placed similar limits on the Scottish monarchy. Although Queen Anne was the last monarch to veto an Act of Parliament when, on 11 March,she blocked the Scottish Militia BillHanoverian monarchs continued to selectively dictate government policies.
Inshe became the last sovereign to keep a prime minister in power against the will of Parliament when the Bedchamber crisis resulted in the retention of Lord Melbourne's administration. Continental Europe[ edit ] Constitutional monarchy originated in continental Europe, with Poland developing the first constitution for a monarchy with the Constitution of May 3, ; it was the third constitution in the world just after the first republican Constitution of the United States.
Constitutional monarchy also occurred briefly in the early years of the French Revolutionbut much more widely afterwards.
Napoleon Bonaparte is considered the first monarch proclaiming himself as an embodiment of the nation, rather than as a divinely-appointed ruler; this interpretation of monarchy is germane to continental constitutional monarchies. German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegelin his work Elements of the Philosophy of Rightgave the concept a philosophical justification that concurred with evolving contemporary political theory and the Protestant Christian view of natural law.
Some of the framers of the U. Constitution may have envisioned the president as an elected constitutional monarch, as the term was then understood, following Montesquieu's account of the separation of powers. In many cases the monarchs, while still at the very top of the political and social hierarchy, were given the status of "servants of the people" to reflect the new, egalitarian position.
In the constitutional monarchy established under the Constitution of the German Empire which Bismarck inspired, the Kaiser retained considerable actual executive power, while the Imperial Chancellor needed no parliamentary vote of confidence and ruled solely by the imperial mandate.
However this model of constitutional monarchy was discredited and abolished following Germany's defeat in the First World War. Later, Fascist Italy could also be considered a constitutional monarchy, in that there was a king as the titular head of state while actual power was held by Benito Mussolini under a constitution.
This eventually discredited the Italian monarchy and led to its abolition in After the Second World Warsurviving European monarchies almost invariably adopted some variant of the constitutional monarchy model originally developed in Britain. Nowadays a parliamentary democracy that is a constitutional monarchy is considered to differ from one that is a republic only in detail rather than in substance.
In both cases, the titular head of state—monarch or president—serves the traditional role of embodying and representing the nation, while the government is carried on by a cabinet composed predominantly of elected Members of Parliament. However, three important factors distinguish monarchies such as the United Kingdom from systems where greater power might otherwise rest with Parliament.
Other privileges may be nominal or ceremonial e. However, the two most populous constitutional monarchies in the world are in Asia: In these countries the prime minister holds the day-to-day powers of governance, while the monarch retains residual but not always insignificant powers.
The powers of the monarch differ between countries. In Denmark and in Belgium, for example, the Monarch formally appoints a representative to preside over the creation of a coalition government following a parliamentary election, while in Norway the King chairs special meetings of the cabinet. In nearly all cases, the monarch is still the nominal chief executive, but is bound by convention to act on the advice of the Cabinet.
Only a few monarchies most notably Japan and Sweden have amended their constitutions so that the monarch is no longer even the nominal chief executive. There are sixteen constitutional monarchies under Queen Elizabeth IIwhich are known as Commonwealth realms. An instance of a Governor-General exercising such power occurred during the Australian constitutional crisiswhen the Australian Prime Minister, Gough Whitlamwas dismissed by the Governor-General.
The Australian senate had threatened to block the Government's budget by refusing to pass the necessary appropriation bills. On November 11,Whitlam intended to call a half-Senate election in an attempt to break the deadlock.
When he sought the Governor-General's approval of the election, the Governor-General instead dismissed him as Prime Minister, and shortly thereafter installed leader of the opposition Malcolm Fraser in his place. Acting quickly before all parliamentarians became aware of the change of government, Fraser and his allies secured passage of the appropriation bills, and the Governor-General dissolved Parliament for a double dissolution election.Magna Carta And The Pillars Of Democracy In England.
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